Oil Prices Drop Over 10% on Russia Oil Supply Disruption Amid Invasion

Oil had its worst trading day on Wednesday since November as prices dropped 12%. As CNBC reports, the United States is looking into alternate sources of production amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Supply disruptions in oil have been hitting nations globally amid Western sanctions on Russia, an oil-producing nation. However, reports reveal that OPEC members could be willing to step up production if need be.

“Reuters reported that Iraq said it could increase output if OPEC+ asks. Secretary of State Antony Blinken also signaled that UAE would support increased production by OPEC+,” CNBC notes.

Both Brent and WTI crude fell about 12% during a wild trading day.

“That $130 price point was factoring in the absolute siege mentality in the oil market, where we were staring down potentially losing all Russian output, OPEC not budging and the Ukraine situation just worsening,” John Kilduff of Again Capital said on CNBC’s “The Exchange.” “Now we’ve reversed all of that, seemingly, to a degree at least. I don’t want to get ahead of myself.”

Despite the drop, oil is still having a strong year with the S&P GSCI Crude Oil index up 45%.

“The world is working together to tackle surging oil prices and that has put a short-term top for crude,” Ed Moya, senior market analyst at Oanda, writes in a note.


Playing Further Weakness in Oil

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